the adventures of mattie

IKEA Adventures

@wherethefuckyisbucky: Request where matty and the reader go to IKEA and have a stupidly fun time doing stuff they shouldn’t be doing like running around playing hide and seek and “you know I can hear your heart pounding” “Shut up and walk past my hiding spot to make me feel better”

I’ve always wanted to do this

501 words. Enjoy xx

You laughed quietly, walking fast around the large IKEA store floor. Passing the cabinets, you thought there had to be a better place to hide, one that he wouldn’t suspect.

You passed the beds and raised an eyebrow, looking around. Matt had to have been done counting by now, so you quickly found a queen sized bed and lifted up the mattress, squeezing in between it.

It had only been about a minute, but you wondered briefly if you could suffocate down there. You peeked out, trying to see where Matt was while getting a breath of fresh air.

Matt was good at hide and seek, too good. You should have guessed that when he was too eager to agree to your idea of playing it in the nearby IKEA. The previous round had been played on the first floor, and he had hidden himself in the showers. But he had told you that while you had your back turned, he hopped from shower to shower so that you never saw him.

“Matt, you cheated!”

“That’s not cheating,” he laughed. “It’s innovative.”

“It’s not fair, is what it is,” you grumbled, crossing your arms and turning away from your boyfriend.

He snaked his arms around your waist from behind and kissed your cheek, making you smile. “You have extra senses I don’t.”

“And you have eyesight,” he laughed.

Now, on the second floor, he was ‘it,’ and you were sure he was going to find you. But you tried to stay positive anyway.

After a while, you decided to peek out again, cringing as you came face to face with Matt’s shoes. You dropped the mattress back down, making a face as you heard him chuckle.

“You know I can hear your heart pounding.”

You stuck your tongue out in frustration. “Shut up and walk past my hiding spot to make me feel better, Matthew.”

He laughed again, but you heard him walk away. When you thought he had gone, you started to get up out of the bed. You stood up straight and faced away from the bed, wondering where Matt had gone to.

Arms grabbed your shoulders and you nearly hit the ceiling, barely containing a scream. You turned around, heart beating out of your chest, to see Matt cackling.

“Really!?”

“You were right, Y/n,” he started, “this game of hide and seek is really fun.”

“Was,” you corrected, glaring at him half heartedly. He walked over to the other side of the bed and put an arm around you. “It was fun, though.”

He nodded. “I smelled some really good chocolate cake downstairs in the food court,” he said with a lopsided smile. “Want to share a piece?”

You nodded, walking back to the elevator arm in arm. It was an odd date, but you were an odd couple, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the love of God, read YA. 

No, not that. Read this

TRUE GRIT BY CHARLES PORTIS: This is YA. I will fight you tooth and nail if you say otherwise. 14 year old Mattie Ross leaves home to bury her father and get revenge for his death. Both equally funny and intelligent and a coming of age story in a strange, adventurous way. I love this book and Mattie fiercely. 

When we reached the top I said, “Wait, stop a minute.” He said, “What is it?” I said, “There is something wrong with my hat.” He stopped and turned around. “Your hat?” said he. I took it off and slapped him in the face with it two or three times and made him drop the reins.

UNWIND BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN: Dystopians were a huge thing after The Hunger Games (think Divergent and The Maze Runner). Unwind was published a year prior to THG. But it really, it’s like…there is no other YA dystopian that can top this. Nothing (sometimes I think it can be seen on the same level as other classic dystopians—sometimes).  It’s one of the most politically driven dystopians I’ve come across. It’s also one of the few YA books that actually tackles how society views and treats teenagers. I want to gush more, but I’ll stop and let you decide. But fair warning, this book hurts in so many ways. It’s hard to read. But then it’s hard not to read either. 

In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.”

WHITE CAT BY HOLLY BLACK: One of the reasons why I love White Cat is that it’s a mash up of different genres—magic realism, crime, mystery—and it does it EXCELLENTLY. There is this sort of twisted grittiness that makes Cassel and his (fucked up) family so appealing. They manipulate and lie to each other’s faces and then say I love you. Also, Cassel is such a great, fun narrator. And unreliable. You desperately want him to forgive and love himself, it’s insane.

Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.

RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN: By the end of this book you will be screaming BLOODYDAMN, GOOD MAN. This series is intense on numerous levels. It’s a science fiction mashed with historical context (heavy heavy Roman culture. Greek myth themes are incorporated as well). It’s incredibly smart, and fast paced. Even if you’re expecting a twist or turn, something else will shock you. Some crazy shit happens, man. The characters suck you in and refuse to let you go even when you beg and cry. Darrow is a great lead, even if he is a bit Gary Stue. He gets the shit beat out of him plenty of times to make up for it. I wonder if Brown intended Darrow’s journey to resemble a Greek hero’s. Fair warning: this book has major issues (its sexist, there’s rape). I’m trash for suggesting it.

Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO BY PATRICK NESS: Chaos Walking (the series name) is the only series that’s had me sobbing. Unwind is emotional by the themes presented. Chaos Walking is emotional thanks to the damn narrative. Todd is your modern Huck Finn on some distant, strange planet where he lives in a town full of men, where thoughts are heard loud and clear, whether you want them to or not. This book is about a boy and his dog who find a girl who crash landed on this strange planet. They make a run for it from this town of crazy men into the unknown. Basically this is a coming of age story. Todd and Viola goes through some pretty twisted stuff. I don’t even wanna talk about it because it’s messed up man.

And the pain is too much it’s too much it’s too much and my hands are on my head and I’m rearing back and my mouth is open in a never-ending wordless wail of all the blackness that’s inside me.
And I fall back into it.

THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI: Oh yes. This is a romance and fantasy. But don’t fret! Something amazing occurs. Intelligent. Characters. The romance isn’t a forbidden one—it’s an impractical one. The fantasy elements are soft, but they’re unique enough (and in further books they develop and grow—it’s great). Rutkuski’s prose is almost poetic at times. This is what you get from an experienced author. More importantly, Kestrel is one of the most intelligent flawed female characters out there. If you get sucked in quick enough, you can finish this in one sitting.

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER: I almost didn’t put this on here, but then I thought better. You’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of or seen this book on tumblr. There is a whole searching for a dead king to grant one wish plot going on, but really it’s about the four boys and one girl and their relationships with one another. Complex relationships. That makes you laugh and cry and swoon. Seriously some great stuff here. It helps that Stiefvater is such a talented writer. God, I hate her seriously what did you do? Swallow a dictionary???

Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.

Peace out,

Caitlin